Thursday, January 26, 2006


YES! I'm headed to Beantown..

The following trade has been completed:

Boston will deal Ricky Davis, Mark Blount, Marcus Banks, Justin Reed and two 2nd round draft picks to Minnesota for Wally Szczerbiak, Michael Olowokandi, Dwayne Jones and a conditional future first round draft pick.

The trade is conditional upon the players passing physicals.

More to come...

2005-06 Statistics:

Szczerbiak: 20.1 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 2.8 APG, 49.5 FG%, 40.6 3-FG%

Olowokandi:6.0 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 0.8 BPG, 44.6 FG%

Davis: 19.7 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 5.3 APG, 1.2 SPG, 46.4 FG%, 32.0 3-FG%

Blount: 12.4 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 0.9 BPG, 51.1 FG%, 3.1 TO+


At 9:32 PM, Blogger Will Shu said...

wow boston actually traded ricky?

At 9:55 PM, Blogger Ryan Kinkade said...

this was my reaction upon seeing the news on TNT...


it was neither a happy, nor disgusted statement... I'm rather confused, not sure who wins in this one.

At 10:09 PM, Blogger Ryan Kinkade said...

Hey Ant, as a Celts fan... how do you feel about this?

I'm starting to think the Wolves may have got the better end. I think, all around, Davis is slightly better than Wally and Blount is better than Kandi (although that's like would you rather have cancer or AIDS?)...

The only thing I see wrong for the Wolves... they just lost 3 point shooting and rebounding, two things they were already bad at. They also now have 4 point guards. I guess we'll see how it shakes down...

So do you think KG's happy that Wally's gone? They always seemed to have a minor riff, but KG seems to have started appreciated Wallys attitude and hustle the last couple years.

Man, I'm confused

At 10:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

they got rid of Ricky. this is not good

At 10:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if the conditional future first round draft pick from the wolves is included? On they don't mention it.

At 10:57 PM, Anonymous kozlodoev said...

Here is what I can tell you as a Celtics fan: we got rid of Blount and Ricky because they are turnover machines. They also never seemed to work with the other pieces of the puzzle in Boston, so they had to go. The sad part is that Ricky just bought a house in the area, and was really great for the community, but from a basketball point of view, I can see why the trade was made: we have two emerging low post players, and we're better off with a shooter (Wally) than a slasher (Davis).

Here is what Minny fans can expect.

Blount: the good - he can score, in various ways - on the low block, with a 15-17 jumper, and he can even put it on the floor a bit agains slower big men, he is above average passer, overall, he is more mobile than most men his size; the bad - terrible hands, he will drop entry passes and fumble rebounds, his effort on rebounding and defence was suspect for a while (might have been that he never got comfortable with Doc and his system), terrible footwork - he actually travels on almost every possession when he works on his man with his back to the basket, whether they call it or not.

Verdict: Blount is what it is. He is certainly limited, but is able to contribute if utilized properly.

Davis: he was extremely useful as a sixth man last season, providing some scoring and leadership off the bench. This year he ended up a starter and is plagued by trying to do too much, resulting in frustrating turnovers on offence and tired legs on defence. The good: he can get to the basket, has an above average jumper, has three-point range; his heart is in the right place. He has really matured as of late. The bad: suspect ball handling skills, can be caught trying to do too much and turning it over, prone to losing focus on defence.

Verdict: Similar to Blount, can be useful if utilized properly, will do what he's asked to, but his effectivenes is not a given.

Banks is just expiring $2 million. Unless he suddenly gets what being a PG is, you will watch the 2-mode Banks: (1)cut to the basket and throw a brick, or (2) dribble for 18 seconds and pull up for an ugly jumper.

Reed is a good defender, and allegedly has a jump shot, but never contributed significantly this season. He can pan out into a Bruce Bowen type, in the best case. If not, he is also an expiring deal.

That is the situation in a nutshell.

At 11:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations to the Boston Celtics as runners up in the Ron Artest Sweepstakes, Jerry tell them what they've won!!!

Kirk, they got the dinette set, the washer/dryer, the hot tub and WALLY SZCZERBIAK!!!!

At 5:27 AM, Anonymous rom said...

I can apreciate why McHale is trying a bluff to get out of the garnett crisis situation, but can somebody explain how this will give the wolves a shot at the title?

I am really not convinced by this move

At 11:26 AM, Blogger Anthony Peretore said...

The best way I can phrase it is to steal the words of Danny Ainge..."What it boils down to is Wally and a 1st Rd pick for Ricky."
It is what it is man, I don't think we can determine a true winner until we see how these players adapt to their new environments. More on this later today...

At 11:58 AM, Blogger Bob Shurtleff said...

As a lifelong Celtic's fan, I like the trade. Obviously, we won't know for sure until we see how the players react on the court.
The Celtics main priorty had to be to get out from under Blount's contract, he is terrible. I have a good feeling about Wally coming here. I think he will compliment Pierce nicely.

It boils down to Kandi (money off the books), Wally (20 ppg), and a 1st rounder for Davis. Blount, Banks, and Reed were dead weight on this squad and two second round picks for one first rounder is a great move.

At least now, Doc will be able to get some kind of rotation going and start to give more minutes to the Perkins/Jefferson combo that is the team's future.
I also think Ricky D will fit in nicely in Minny and be a nice compliment to Garnett.

Time will tell if I'm right or wrong, but either way, at least I'm interested.


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